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Best Hanging Pendant Lighting Ideas for Above Your Kitchen Island

Updated on March 3, 2017

Find Unique Hanging Pendant Lighting Ideas

At some point we all dream of remodeling the kitchen while planning meals around a kitchen island with colorful, unique hanging pendant lights.

In fact, hanging pendant lighting for kitchens is in high demand for both great looks and task lighting.

If you think of hanging pendant lights for kitchen islands as long, skinny fixtures, think again, because design options for these lights are as vastly unique and beautiful as you can imagine.

And, because there are so many designs and types of hanging pendant lights choose from, it's important to consider the right hanging pendant light that works with your kitchen island.

But if you don't have a kitchen island just yet, don't feel left out. Hanging pendant lighting is versatile enough to enhance any part of your kitchen.

Whether you want to enhance a nook eating area or divide an open living space, pendant lighting can define, differentiate and add personality to any area of your kitchen.

So let's look at a few ideas of how to enhance your kitchen décor with pendant lighting.

Three Hanging Pendant Lights Over Eat-in Breakfast Island - With decorative faux ivy woven through the chain

Planning your Kitchen with Hanging Pendant Lighting

Remodeling your kitchen takes a great deal of planning, time and money, not to mention that you probably will only do it once, over the life of your home. So you want to get it right by choosing high quality cabinets, fixtures and appliances.

But, the real key to a great kitchen remodel is the design and attention to detail. One way to enhance your kitchen design is to add a kitchen island. A kitchen island with hanging pendant lighting is the perfect focal point for any kitchen where you can get creative with design while gaining functionality.

The first thing to think about is the purpose of your kitchen island. Kitchen islands can be used for additional counter space, for food preparation or used as a simple breakfast bar where you can sit on stools and have a quick meal.

Kitchen islands are also a wonderful way to display food for entertaining because they can double as a server or can be a convenient conversation area to serve wine and hordourves.

Depending on whether your kitchen island will be used for food preparation and serving or for gathering and eating; will determine the type of lighting that will work best.

If you plan on using your kitchen island for food prepping only, then you may want to look for higher voltage hanging light fixtures that can provide more task lighting. You also want to consider the height that your lighting is hung, so that it doesn't interfere with your work space.

But what if you want to use your island for eating and entertaining as well? One solution for multi-use lighting is to buy a light fixture with a dimmer switch. This will provide you with good lighting for tasks and softer lighting for dining.

Overall, the best way to create the perfect kitchen island area with hanging pendant lighting is to think about what your purpose for the space will be in advance and then plan accordingly.

Triple Hanging Pendant Light has Extra Long, Sturdy Chain for Higher Ceilings - This cathedral kitchen ceiling with a long hanging pendant offers a dramatic, mo

Larger hanging pendant lights work well to balance a bigger kitchen island - Creates the right amount of task lighting for a large kitchen island

Affordable ideas to update your kitchen island and lighting

Looking for affordable ways to update your existing kitchen island? Sometimes a few small changes and a little creativity can make a big impact. So let's look at a few ideas.

If you have a kitchen island that's dated or worn, one of the easiest ways to give it a new look is with paint. For instance if you have red appliances in your kitchen, you might want to try a bold look and paint the island red. Then you can hanging pendant lights in red art glass to accentuate your island area.

Or if you have stainless steel appliances, painting your kitchen island black and adding new stainless knobs and drawer handles will tie the look together nicely. Also, adding chrome finish, hanging pendant lighting with bring the look together nicely.

If your hanging lights are dated, the options for updating them are endless, because hanging light fixtures can be replaced for about $25.00 on the low end. But if the fixtures are in good shape, you can easily just replace the glass globes on your hanging lights for about 5 to 10 dollars each. Or, you can get globes in decorative art glass and spend a little bit more.

A quick way to update your kitchen island is to replace the counter top. We recently were able to purchase a black piece of granite for our kitchen island and replaced the existing wood top. And because the granite is so heavy, there is no need for adhesive, it just stays in place.

Another great idea to updating your hanging pendant lighting is to add a decorative molding around the fixture at the ceiling. These usually come in a durable plastic material, can be painted and will look beautiful with your hanging lighting.

When updating your kitchen island and hanging pendant lighting be sure to coordinate the metal finish to other fixtures and appliances in your kitchen. If you add counter stools to your island, be sure that the finish and materials of the stools also compliment the hanging light glass fixtures.

Pulling together all these little design elements and paying attention to details will give your kitchen island area style and impact for years to come.

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10 Hanging Pendant Lighting Ideas

Idea 1: If you have an average size or smaller kitchen, you can still have hanging pendant lights just like the bigger gourmet kitchens - only don't overdo it. Two petite pendant lights hanging over a small kitchen island is plenty in terms of décor and will enhance the entire work space.

Idea 2: If you have an oversized kitchen island and are looking for hanging pendant lighting, remember to keep the light fixtures size in scale with the island and don't be afraid of larger pendant lights that are in scale with your cabinetry. You want to accentuate a larger island so be sure to choose ample, bold fixtures.

Idea 3: For islands that are 2-tier, have multi-level counter heights or L-shaped, consider hanging pendant lights at varying heights for a more dramatic effect.

Idea 4: Look through a few kitchen remodeling magazines, clip photos and start an idea file of hanging pendant lights that work well with your kitchen décor. Also clip ideas for other accessories that will blend in with your pendant lights and island.

Idea 5: If you use your kitchen island to mainly prep food and prepare meals, having brighter task lighting keeps your working area functional. Also, be sure to adjust the length of the hanging pendant light so it's in proportion with the main cook in the kitchen and hang the lights at the proper height.

Idea 6: If you entertain a lot and use your island mainly as a buffet, it may be preferable to use ambient bulbs for your hanging pendant light, so that it's understated and softer lighting. Or, opt to use candles or a buffet lamp on your island.

Idea 7: Pendant light globes come in so many varieties, its fun to change the glass globe from season to season. When you change your kitchen curtains or if you want to paint your kitchen island a new color, don't forget to change the pendant light globes.

Idea 8: If you have multiple pendant lights, try mixing up your kitchen island look by using different sized or even different colored glass globes for each individual pendant!

Idea 9: For kitchens without islands, you still can use hanging pendant lights in other areas, such as over a breakfast a nook or pantry area. Or, try a hanging pendant light over your kitchen sink, in front of a kitchen window or over a dining server.

Idea 10: Start a little savings fund strictly for your new kitchen lighting project and use the money only for that. Find ways to make extra cash here and there and sock away the savings!


Got two islands? For impact hang several pendant lights to create a unique look

Modern Hanging Pendant Lighting with Beautiful Art Glass - Add colorful accents above your kitchen island with these beautiful Pendant Lights

What I love about hanging pendant lighting is that, upscale, unique and interesting doesn't have to cost a lot of money. It's really just all in the way you work it into your own décor, color preference and lifestyle. From chic and modern to elegant and traditional, It's all here and at every price range so no one gets left out!

Tell me about your favorite pendant lighting and kitchen island ideas - Please feel free to comment and thanks for visiting!

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      seeyolighting 4 years ago

      Very nice lighting, very well written, you can also try using the projector lamps

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      fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

      Great !

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      fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens.

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      xhwbyyh 4 years ago

      Fantastic lighting ideas! You have a great selection here. This is Satge Lighting

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      xhwbyyh 4 years ago

      Fantastic lighting ideas! You have a great selection here. This is Satge Lighting

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      When we remodeled our kitchen last year these Hanging Pendant Lighting fixtures were the first things I wanted to add to replace our old fashioned ceiling lights, You have a great selection here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some great ideas here, love you hanging lamp bullet points (hod did you do that?)

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      allcladstainless 5 years ago

      What a great way to make a kitchen look "chic 'n sleek"! Perfect compliment to select cookware pieces!

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      ProductReporter 5 years ago

      It's true... your site brings a lot of keen kitchen ideas together in an enjoyable plus uncluttered manner. Great job, and I will come again.

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      Freestuffer LM 5 years ago

      Brilliant ideas! Thanks!

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      Muebles de host 5 years ago

      Uff, so many good ideas!!

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      Muebles de host 5 years ago

      I like them all.

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      uneasywriter lm 5 years ago

      Great remodeling ideas here! Thanks!

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      ArmchairBuilder1 5 years ago

      Some great looks here - will consider them on some of my future projects!

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      rocgirl 5 years ago

      These are beautiful - thanks for giving some great ideas!

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      Alexandra Douglas 5 years ago from Florida

      Awesome lens! Thank you for sharing.

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      orthopedic matt 5 years ago

      Fantastic lighting ideas!

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      a1kitchendesign1 5 years ago

      What a great Lens!!!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      We just purchased a new home and I've been wanting to add these. Thank you!

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      acregmed 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      CanvasArtPrint LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, love it!

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      TheCoolStuffHQ 5 years ago

      Great ides over there !

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      As a chef, it is important for me to have a perfect design for my kitchen area. Enough lighting is necessary to whenever I cook dishes.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Lots of beautiful ideas.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Popping back in to bless this lens! :)

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      steph-naylor 6 years ago

      Cool Lens!!I enjoyed reading! You've inspired me to start my own project!

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      desa999 lm 6 years ago

      Nice selection of interesting fittings.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 6 years ago

      So many lovely choices. You picked some great ones to display.

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      Cindy 6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Love all your choices here for pendant lighting, I'd like to add these to my kitchen and am leaning towards the beautiful art glass options. xoxo

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      jordanmilesbask 6 years ago

      nice lens..Great collections!

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      brynimagire 6 years ago

      Great idea ! Thanks for sharing.

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      KateHonebrink 6 years ago

      I'm loving the drum-shade pendant lights! I think they offer a little newer look in pendants. There's always something different around the corner! Great lens!

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      TTMall 6 years ago

      Terrific lens. Nicely done!

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      BestLaminateInc1 6 years ago

      Great Lens! Such an elegant way to update your kitchen. The shapes, styles and colors are amazing and no one should have any trouble finding a style that suits them. Love it!

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      allenwebstarme 6 years ago

      Wow beautiful collection of hanging lamps. Very delightful lens.

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      TrialError 6 years ago

      Nice suggestion. Thanks.

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      BestLaminateInc1 6 years ago

      Thanks for inspiration! Small kitchen details like lighting or hardware make such a difference...nicely done!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      it will makes the kitchen awesome...thanks for sharing

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      BusinessSarah 6 years ago

      Ooooh, after reading this lens I can't wait to renovate my kitchen -- thanks for the great ideas!

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      b2balerts lm 6 years ago

      This lens is an amazing creation for modular kitchen lovers. Nice sharing.......

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I have some Murano pendant lighting above my kitchen cabinets to add ambience when the rest of the kitchen lights are dimmed. It really makes a big difference.

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      AkaProfessorMike 6 years ago

      I really like what they are doing with LED in pedants now!

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      mikeguerro221 6 years ago

      awesome! i love it.

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      SheilaVine LM 6 years ago

      This lens makes me jealous thet my kitchen is so small and the ceiling is too low. It all looks great well done.

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      crudeoilsystems 6 years ago

      Lighting is attractive and I really like the ceiling medallions.thanks

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      We're looking for a small scale pendant with 2 fixtures to replace a big one over our island that keeps hitting me in the head. Previous owner really had no sense of scale or usefulness - I'm only 5'2" and it's right in my face when I try to work at the island.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I love light fixtures, I'm looking for something new to replace a bad fixture in my kitchen.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great pendant lighting, and lens! Thanks for this.

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      anticloud 6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. I've been thinking about replacing a light in my kitchen with a decorative pendant. This gave me some good ideas. Thanks!

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      pramodbisht 6 years ago

      Nice Lens, These are beautiful thanks for sharing

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      I have a tiny kitchen, but some of these lights are so tempting!

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      xenoc 6 years ago

      nice pendant lighting, especially cooking with my romantic! thank for sharing, my lens also about kitchen décor..Kitchen Wall Décor

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      journey103 6 years ago from USA

      @JoshK47: Yes, there's so much you can do with kitchen lighting without spending a fortune, it's great. I'm actually adding a ceiling medallion to the hanging light over my dining table because it's a really affordable easy way to decorate and dress up your light fixtures. Thanks for the visit!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      What attractive lighting fixtures - they really bring the whole room together. Great work!

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      WorldVisionary3 7 years ago

      Lots of great ideas here! Thumbs up.

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      Serj 7 years ago

      Cool, I haven't thought about pendant lighting for the island, I'm thinking you could also use these over a dinner table. Thanks for a great lens.

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      sociopath-free 7 years ago

      A beautiful pendant light can really set a kitchen off. You have some really nice choices here. Great lens!

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      ShellB 7 years ago

      I love pendant lighting! Nice lens!

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      keatir 7 years ago

      We have a simple fluoro tube hanging above our island benchtop. It is a slimline one inside a silver fitting. It looks quite stylish and throws a good amount of light.

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      RamblingRosy 7 years ago

      I just did a kitchen reno and found the perfect island light, but boy you surely found some wonderful choices. Fabulous lens.

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      Heatherseesthel 7 years ago

      Wow! Who knew kitchen island lights were so versatile? Great lens!

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      sushilkin lm 7 years ago

      Thanks for the Sharing on Squidoo. PRAY FOR JAPAN Please for a noble cause

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      journey103 7 years ago from USA

      @dessertlover: Thanks for stopping by and so glad you enjoyed it. I absolutely love kitchen décor and I'm really intrigued by these new hanging pendant lampshade lights I keep seeing, very modern and fun!

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      dessertlover 7 years ago

      Gasp. These are beautiful - it makes me want to redo my kitchen this instant. And it's not even that old!

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      Badbreathguy 7 years ago

      Really interesting lens. I have enjoyed looking at different lighting ideas for the kitchen. Thank you.

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      Happy April Fool's Day! Great lighting ideas. I have Squid liked your lens, joined your fan club, and I'm leaving you with a Fool's Day Blessing (no April Fool's prank here). This lens has also been added as a featured lens on My Squid Angel Wings blessing lens too. Look for it in the April Fool's Day section for the "Home & Garden" neighborhood.

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      mikerbowman 7 years ago

      Wonderful ideas for kitchen lighting. Hanging pendant lights are something I never really considered for kitchens, but I will definitely have to give them some thought the next time I help remodel a house!

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      journey103 7 years ago from USA

      @franksms: That's a great idea! Thanks!

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      franksms 7 years ago

      I went to a building materials recycler, found a pair of chrome and spaceship looking drop lamp fixtures from the 30's. Everyone who sees them comments on how nice they are. Sometimes it is nicer to recycle, than to buy new imported stuff.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      These are really pretty hanging light ideas- thanks.

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      journey103 7 years ago from USA

      @tssfacts: Thank you for the blessing. Yes, I too love kitchen islands and the kitchen is my favorite room in the house because its always where we end up gathering.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Somehow I just don't think a kitchen is complete without an island. They are always used for one thing or another and not wasted space at all. Blessed by a SquidAngel. Featured on Home and Garden SquidAngel.

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      Super niche. Well done.

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      ChristopherScot1 7 years ago

      I like lighting. It's very needed when you are writing.

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      journey103 7 years ago from USA

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thanks you!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Great ideas; lovely choices of pendants, too.

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      annel lm 7 years ago

      Lovely lens! And very practical too, thanks for sharing :)

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      journey103 7 years ago from USA

      @EditPhotos: Thanks!

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      Edit Photos 7 years ago from Earth

      Darn. Three months (and maybe a few dollars) too short to take full advantage of this. Squidoo blessed.

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      Stephen Carr 7 years ago from Corona, CA

      They can give both an old fashioned feel as well as contemporary, can't they? Nice lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Some really good ideas here. The only thing I was disappointed with when my house was built was my four kitchen pendant lights. I still haven't manged to find suitable replacements, but you've definitely given me a few things to think about.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I love pendant lights. Very pretty.

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      ppt5551 7 years ago

      Those are some great ideas. If you are looking for great lighting pendants for your kitchen, I recommend visiting Jovin at

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      Pat 8 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Good ideas here for kitchen lighting.


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